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of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew parallels with his movement and the struggle in the u.s. >> there was a sameness about the struggle ther
. last night, president obama likened mandela to abraham lincoln when he said mandela belongs to the ages now. giving us a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes, not their fears. >> that conviction, too, george, apparent throughout his singular life. evident in his final communication. a final tweet, in fact, from nelson mandela's account. and it does resonate. a real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that the end of the debate we should emerge stronger. >> he said his 27 years in prison made him stronger and more mature. and we have much more coming up on nelson mandela, as well. >>> we're also tracking the huge ice storm this morning. more on that in a minute. >>> let's get to south africa. you see the black car carrying mandela's coffin right there. it's going from johannesburg to pretoria. it's draped with the south african flag. abc's alex marquardt is in johannesburg right now. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, george. south africa is a country deep in mourning this morning. flags are flying at half-st
to take a closer look now at nelson mandela's political legacy, specifically his impact on president obama, whom he met back in 2005, when obama was then a junior senator, freshman senator from the state of illinois. rick stengel joins me from new york, former managing editor of "time" magazine, also collaborated on the important book "long walk to freedom" the autobiography of nelson mandela, lbs the author of "mandela's way: lessons on life, love and courage." rick, thanks very much for joining us. talk about this relationship between president mandela and president obama. >> you know, wolf, i thought the president was very eloquent yesterday, talking about what president mandela meant to him. in many ways i think mandela was partly responsible for barack obama's own political awakening. one of the great legacies of mandela particularly in america is that it was an awakening for so many people that people were looking at south africa, this land that with terrible prejudice, terrible authoritarian government and we were looking at it as almost a proxy for what had happened in america duri
. president obama met nelson mandela in 2005 and will travel to south africa to attend memorial services. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and george bush. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hire since 2005, before the recession. year low and is at 7%.l to a of the u.s. economy gained more jobs than it expected, adding 203,000 positions just last month. the gains were low spread in low and high-earning positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good news for the white house, they've been waiting for this for some time, and whether it matters economically or to many people, millions out of work and those what have given up looking for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be
, president obama will be among the mourners along with mrs. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the
. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day. anti-balaka christians killed more than 200. >> this is where many christiansar sheltering, close to the b
. continuing this theme, after a break, we will hear some certainly reflections from president obama. >>> we are back with more of our coverage of the passing late today of nelson mandela at the age of 95. as we've been saying all evening long, reaction is pouring in including some emotional comments from president obama delivered in the briefing room in the white house west wing. for more on that, our chief white house correspondent chuck to d is standing by on the north lawn tonight. when you look at the timeline, nelson mandela springs together so many american presidents. >> reporter: he does. sort of passing the baton. but there's something about the connection that president obama himself feels with nelson mande mandela. it's something that he shared tonight in a very powerful and poignant statement. >> i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released
, but globally and certainly here in the united states. president obama has talked often about nelson mandela. there are several members of congress who on more than one occasion have talked about mandela and the impact he has had not just on politics and life in south africa, but on politics around the world, even here in this country. a nobel peace prize winner. someone who the anti-apartheid movement here in the united states looked to when he was in prison in robin island and other places. his release in 1990 and going on to become the leader of south africa. lot of lessons to be learned from his life. i am waiting word not only from the white house, but the congress and their reaction to the deaths of nelson man -- mandela. >> you did some reporting on president obama's south african trip, where president obama was very mindful of mr. mandela's health. remind the viewers of what president obama did when he went to south africa several months ago? >> well, again, i wasn't on that trip, but there was oncern, some talk even then. nelson mandela was in failing health at that time. that perha
mandela. president obama and three former presidents are headed so south africa today for tuesday's memorial service. >> colder temperatures reaching the east coast, making football games on sunday almost impossible to see and to play. good morning and welcome to august make. i'm del walters. that storm causing pile ups in several states, accidents on the pennsylvania turn pike sunday involved almost 60 vehicles. amateur video shows the long line of cars halted by a crash near redding, pennsylvania. we have been tracking the storm all day now. what's the latest? >> we still have a lot of messy weather, almost much of the wintery weather has switched over to rain, so that is the good news. it is certainly continuing to cause problems across the area, taking a toll over much of the country. if you booked a flight, call ahead before heading to the and i want. >> the arctic blast now entering its second week is causing misery across the country. staying warm is not easy when there is ice, snow and temperatures as low as 20 degrees in some areas. >> i have got on wool socks and on two
investing in south african companies. >> that student's name was barak obama. free mandela became a popular rallying cry. not everyone in america was on board with freeing mandela and fighting the apartheid regime a. bill was introduced in congress. the anti-apartheid act of 19 necks would require the complete withdrawal. nelson mandela had been in prison for nearly a quarter century, for 24 hour years. apartheid had been the law of the land in south africa for 40 years and the bill did pass the house. it did pass the senate and then the president of the united states wouldn't put his signature on it. ronald reagan retoed the south african sanctions bill. >> night after night, week after week, television has brought us reports of violence by south african security forces bringing injury and death to peaceful demonstrators and innocent bystanders, more recently, we read of violent attacks by plaques against blacks. then there is the cal can ycula terror the mining of roads, bombings of public places, the imposition of marshall law and eventually creating the conditions for racial war. >> rea
shirley mcclain. >>> south africans packed houses of worship to celebrate the life of nelson mandela. today's national day of prayer kicked off a series of memorials leading up to mandela's burial. president obama and first lady michelle obama will leave for africa tomorrow. they will join former president jimmy carter, bill clinton and george w. bush at a national memorial service on tuesday. >>> back here in the bay area, people began signing a memorial bo memorial book at skyline memorial park in san mateo county. you can sign the book until the end of the month. the cemetery plans to send it to mandela's family in south africa. another book of condolences will be available at san francisco city hall starting tomorrow. >>> thousands paid tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker at the site he died at the car crash. they added items to an already large memorial in los angeles. local car clubs organized the gathering via the social media. the sheriff estimated 5,000 people attended and some even cruised by the crash site in their own sports cars. you. >>> legal trouble for hik
to nelson mandela. on board air force one with president and mrs. obama, president george wurks bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. on the way to south africa, they gathered together in the plane's conference room telling their stories that spanned three presidential administrations. president's clinton and carter are traveling separately to johannesburg. the last time these presidents were all together was in april at the opening of the george w. bush presidential library, but this event in a foreign country will mean much greater security concerned. sources involved in planning president clinton's prim to the funeral of israel prime minister rabin, and the funeral of pope john paul ii tells cnn it decrease nerve-racking to depend on a foreign country. >> they do a lot of planning and they're very good at this. the south africans have challenges, in addition to security, logistical challenges. >> reporter: the memorial service will take place in a soccer stadium that holds 90,000 people. more than 90 world leaders are expected to attend. lea
is in johannesburg with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well last night president president obama telephoned nelson mandela's widow to express his gratitude for the joy she brought to his life and for the shared commitment for a peaceful, fair and loving world. and a little of the love is being felled outside the home here, the mendlea home where south africans continue to gather in numbers to pay tribute to nelson mandela. people from every walk of life are using precious free time to honor madiba whether it's time out from work down the road after morning prayers from the synagogue around the corner from the mandala suburb. mandala made everyone feel special. >> to the whole country, to the whole world, nelson mandela was an icon, without him, our country could have ended up in flames. using his attitude of peace and reconciliation he brought a different ethics to the country. the different ethnic groups together. >> reporter: and he changed the future of so many young people. >> just seeing everyone here just a reminder that we're going to be okay and i
. >> the official mourning of nelson mandela has begun. president obama and mrs. obama will attend the furniture on tuesday. it's part of a series of events planned to honour the leader. >> i'm john henry smith, we'll look on a championship saturday in college football. the day that stood up for d.c. s. >> al jazeera continues in 2.5 minutes. i'm morgan radford. i'll be back with all the top stories. >> troops on the ground. hundreds of french troops sent to the central african republic trying to restore order. anti-government protesters in the ukraine call for a million-man march trying to get rid of the government. in a day of mourning nelson mandela's ex-wife attended a church service to pay tribe ute to a government. gold snap across the city - smart lander at a stand still. freezing rain and heavy snow - cold snap. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live in new york city. the french president issued a veiled warning to the president of the central african republic, francis hollande saying it will be tough to keep him in place given the violence or the ground
place at the fnb stadium in johannesburg. mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup. it's confirmed, president obama and the first lady will be there, along with former president george w. bush and mrs. bush. former president jimmy carter. and former president bill clinton and mrs. clinton are expected at the funeral next sunday. he will lie in state in the nation's capitol. next sunday, the state funeral in his hometown on the eastern cape. his long-time friend and lawyer, george bizos. >> he will go down in history, i think, as the revolutionary who didn't believe in violence. >> reporter: earlier today, we had our first public sighting of winnie mandela, his former wife and partner in the dark days of apartheid. tomorrow will be quiet. on tuesday, the gathering like the world has never seen before, as dignitaries from around the globe gather to say farewell. to nelson mandela. bianna? >> a week of mourning, reflection, and celebration. our thanks to you. >>> nelson mandela has a large and complicated family tree with over a dozen grandchildren. some of them opened
off a series of memorials leading up to mandela's burial. president obama and first lady michelle obama will leave for africa tomorrow. they will join former president jimmy carter, bill clinton and george w. bush at a national memorial service on tuesday. >>> back here in the bay area, people began signing a memorial book at skyline memorial park in san mateo county. you can sign the book until the end of the month. the cemetery plans to send it to mandela's family in south africa. another book of condolences will be available at san francisco city hall starting tomorrow. >>> thousands paid tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker at the site he died at the car crash. they added items to an already large memorial in los angeles. local car clubs organized the gathering via the social media. the sheriff estimated 5,000 people attended and some even cruised by the crash site in their own sports cars. you. >>> legal trouble for hiker aaron ralston who was portrayed in the movie "127 hours." he will answer domestic violence charges in a denver courtroom after being arrested last
to honor nelson mandela. they are testimony to the reach of a man and his message. president obama, first lady michelle and the bushes and clintons are wheels up. also well over 70 leaders and figures from around the world, perfect prins r prince charles to hugh castro will join for a memorial in johannesberg on tuesday. all of this is presenting a monumental challenge to south african security. some 11,000 troops and police are deployed. >> what is cutting us is the spirit of the people around the world and yet in south africa, in the streets an the townships, sbhb suburbs, people-suburbs, people are uniting and holding hands together. >> this is a symbol of post apartheid nondenominational symbols. and people lined up to visit an earlier home and wrote messages on a wall of remembrance. the mood was not mournful but one of celebration. >> it is very touching but i feel very happy. we have come to a point as a country we enacted and are liberated. >> there are things we will never forget. >> president obama is set to speak at tuesday's memorial and then will leave. but the events marking
, with president obama and the first lady just boarding on the way to south africa to pay tribute this week to nelson mandela with other world leaders >> gas prices have got up three cents a gallon according to the new survey putting the national average for a gallon of regular at $3.29, nearly ten cents less than a yearing a at this time. california above average price rose four cents to $3.5 a gallon and the cheapest gas in the lower 48 is in tulsa, oklahoma, where drivers pay $2.84 a gallon and the most expensive gas is not in the bay area but in los angeles, $3.61. >> butterflies are the latest political target in san francisco, the commission on the environment approved a resolution urging the toy been releasing but the for flies at weddings saying they are animals to be respected and should not be used add decorations. mop arcs are the most sought after for ceremonies. supporters are concerned the butterflies could damage native species. >> a start-up is looking to invent the incredible edible egg without the "egg." the san francisco start-up backed by bill gates is scouring the plane
and more of the day's headlines. vice-president biden paying tribute now to nelson mandela. he signed a condolence book at the south african embassy in washington. president obama scheduled to speak at a memorial service for mandela tomorrow. he died last week at the age of 95. >>> police in phoenix say a man pulled out a gun in the emergency room of a hospital and turned into a three-hour standoff as the guy locked himself inside a bathroom. the cops out there for three hours. eeventually surrendered. >>> iran's opening its first ice rink in more than 30 years. the leaders outlawed ice rinks in the islamic revolution in 1979, but the view now, the new facility, will give skaters, who want to go to the olympics, a place to prepare for the 2014 games. not a single woman in the video. that's still against the law. >>> 23 minute's the hour. lots of americans with modest incomes are facing higher deductibles under president obama's healthcare law, according to "the wall street journal," which cites a report from a company that compares health insurance plans. this report shows the average
is leaving the house for south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela and crowds of people condition to gather outside his home since news of the foam antiapartheid leaders tough death broke. president and mrs. obama will attend the new jersey memorial service along with former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and majority. it will be held at the stadium where mandela made the final public appearance at the 2010 world cup and will lie in state if three days in the capital before he is finally laid to rest after a state funeral next sunday. >> back in the bay area, a book of condoleents for nelson mandela's family be available starting today at the san francisco city hall if people to sign. a memorial book will be available at the memorial park in san mateo county and champion of the chimes locations in oakland and hayward. you can sign the book from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily until the end of the month planning to send the books to nelson mandela's family in south africa. >> we are learning of the veteran held captive in north korea if a if -- for a month. the 85-year-old i
the hour, i am arthel neville with your fox news minute. president obama and first lady michelle obama will travel to south africa next week to pay their respect to the memory of nelson mandela. the first democratically elected president of south africa died yesterday at age 95. a memorial service will be held on tuesday followed by burial on sunday. ice president joe biden says america's pledge to expand its asian footprint should not be doubted. u.s. says nearly 30,000 troops in south korea. 60 years after the end of the korean war. meeting with the president toward the end of a weeklong tour of asia aimed at reinforcing america's role as a pacific power. and a mural stenciled on the side of a gas station a british street artist known as angst he has fetched hundred $9000 at a beverly hills auction. was endless times says the nine by 8-foot work called "flower girl" was bought by an anonymous buyer. get you back to adam and cheryl. adam: wish i had that kind of money to buy anything. more than 60 monthly visitors, over $1 billion in revenue, and continues to grow at a rapid pace. our
africa, where visitors all over the world continue to mourn the loss of nelson mandela. president obama will travel to south africa for the memorial along with presidents bush and clinton. they'll be joined by other world figures like the pope and celebrities including bill gates and oprah. the public service will be on tuesday. mandela's body will lie in state for three days. after that his body will be flown to his home village for a private burial. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake lead the pack at seven. did mr. suit and tie get snubbed? timberlake's 20/20 experience was the best-selling release but he still didn't get nominated in top categories like album, song, record of the year. another person shut out. how about this one? miley cyrus. she got no nominations. taylor swift, bruno mars and katy perry performed her hit song last night "roar." ♪ i got the eye of the tiger fire ♪ ♪ dancing through the fire ♪ cause i am a champion ♪ and you're going to hear me roar ♪ >> "roar" is up for the song of the year. the awards show airs january 26th. i am woma
service for nelson mandela. president obama and the first lady are making the trip along with george w. bush and jimmy carter will also attend. >>> bernie madolf blasts investors in his scheme. he says they were sophisticated and should have known better. >> that makes you shake your head. if you're in the market for a used car, it's the first question you tend to ask, how many miles? but can you trust the odometer. a rossen reports investigation exposes a growing scam. >>> who should be the person of the year? our friends with "time" are out with the short list including everybody from presidents to pop stars. even some names we didn't know about. >> please no. >> if everybody else died they would be on the list. >> exactly. first, how about this one. have you ever fallen asleep and wake up confused about where you are? wait until you hear what happened to one guy that fell asleep in houston. nbc's janet shamlian picks up the story from bush international airport. good morning to you. >> reporter: yeah, this one, matt, is hard to believe. we're all familiar with the pitfalls of air tr
probably as president obama said we will never see again. >> nelson mandela had a royal birth as the son of a tribal chief, but he gave up that to throw off apartheid rule in south africa. let's go to the report on the world's most famous political prisoner. >> the south africa that nelson mandela was born into nine decades ago will never be the same because of him. the lifelong campaign made him a hero to the people and at one time an enemy of the state. mandela's tribal name translates as the who stirs up dust. mandela stirred up a storm fighting for democracy. >> it has been a gift for which i am to prepared to die. >> first arrest in 1962, he was convicted of sabotage and experience to overthrow the government. for 27 years, prison bars confined the man, but not his cause. a generation had never seen him and kept his campaign alive. in 1990, buckling under internal strife and international sanction, the white minority government abandoned apartheid. >> the government has taken a firm decision to release mr. mandela unconditionally. >> he emerged from behind bars without bitterness to
mandela has died. the family says they would welcome prayers at this time? >>> coming up next, president obama wants to verify before he can trust iran. can israel trust that deal? we're going to talk with israel's intelligence minister about what is at stake and he's joining us live here next. >>> and is president obama overstepping his executive branch. that's when america's news headquarters comes right back. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of anoth one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. ♪ if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor [ female announcer ] can you heal a brok heart with a bundt cake? of course you can! even if that heart was broken by zack peterson. bake the world a better place i need a newn'testle investment pn.h i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. ishares core etfs are low-cost funds. so you can keep more of what you earn. get star
political and religious persuasion, only nelson mandela could attract a crowd like that. but there was no other man like him. for sunday morning, i am mark phillips. >> osgood: president and mrs. obama will be travelling to south africa to attend memorial services for nelson mandela and be accompanied by three former presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. bitter cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain continue to grip much of the country. powerful storms stretching from texas to ohio is causing power outages, treacherous driving conditions and is blamed for several deaths. it is forecast to think mid atlantic states later today. merrill newman arrived at san francisco airport yesterday after being held in north korea for several weeks. the 85-year-old korean war vet was touring the country when he was detained by north korean authorities. he says he is delighted to be home. ♪ >> jennifer of massachusetts nearly pulled off one of the world's biggest upset in bay route, lebanon placing third in the arabs got talent competition. not bad for a 23-year
inside of ring. >> all the fighting. >> all of this, this is the equipment that nelson mandela would have used. into out back a security guard shows me equipment that nelson mandela used. >> in a few hours south africa begins a national day of mourning. president obama arrives for the official memorial of 90,000 in a stadium down the road. it will be an emotional memorial that we have seen in a long time. >> the first generation of children born since apartheid are learning about it. we have more about the generation known as the born-free. >> a first-time visit to africa's parliament. these views were not born when nelson mandela delivered his first address as president outside south africa. now an idea to learn about the democracy born at that time. >> there was an emblem in front. that is where the president sits. the president sits there alone. this is where he has his own place. >> from the tour guide an anecdote indicating that the break can get it wrong. >> the former president was making a speech. he noticed a red button flicking. he didn't know what was going on. he stopped to f
world leaders are expected to attend nelson mandela's memorial. efforts to keep them all safe and secure in south africa. >>> car pile ups massive air delays. >>> and major technology companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south afr
90 world leaders are planning to attend nelson mandela's memorial tuesday in johannesburg. inside air force one, the obamas and george w. and laura bush along with former first lady clinton, the former president bill and daughter chelsea are flying from an event in rio and linking up with the rest of the club tomorrow. president george h.w. bush who has been in poor health for some time will not be making the trip. together, they are set for an almost 20-hour flight, even though there's only one bed on board. >> air force one is a very intimate setting so that's the place where you can have quieter conversations. once you get to one of these massive events, it's very hard to have real conversations. >> these long flights, believe it or not, can forge friendships. in 1981, president ronald reagan could not attend the funeral of egypt's anwar saddat so he enlisted others to attend instead. the flight was said to be initially awkward and very long, but one notable friendship emerged. evident at ford's funeral more than 25 years later, when jimmy carter eulogized his long-time friend. >>
the president and first lady will be heading to south africa to pay respects to the memory of nelson mandela. he of course died yesterday at the age of 95. the funeral is scheduled for december 15th and the obamas will be attending. >> one of the things that we talked about a lot with nelson mandela is paying it forward. that ties into the next story more than spreading holiday cheer. growing movement, tips for jesus, surprising restaurants and bar servers with tips in the hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars. this one for $5,000 for a $557 drink bill at a bar in michigan. the movement is gaining steam in response to a tip left by a pastor in st. louis, i give god 10%, why should i give you 18? apparently people think that was message for jesus. tips for jesus is doing opposite for that. we have to talk about jesus with somebody who knows bit. father jonathan morris, fox news religion contributor. just in general, what is your gut reaction. >> you shouldn't have $557 worth of drinks otherwise, very skeptical. you know what? i think reaction against this pastor, we don't even need to say his n
. >> reporter: we've been following the passing of this icon, nelson mandela dead at 95, that has been brewing all through the night. here in the states, president obama acknowledging, like millions of people, that he owes a huge political debt to this man. here is what he said in his message to the nation. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> in the u.k., we just had a long -- which has had a long and sometimes difficult relationship with south africa and even nelson mandela, emotions@ pouring out as well. here's what david cameron had to say. >> one of the brightest lights of our world has gone out. nelson mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time. >> nowhere were the feelings stronger though than in south africa, his homeland. nelson mandela considered the father of modern multicultural south africa, the first elected black president of this country but affectionally called ta-ta, father in tribal language. all through the night singing, dancing outside his house in
tonight. enjoy those toasty temperatures, san francisco. >> president obama and former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and billy carter will attend tuesday's massive memorial service in south africa for nelson mandela. this, as family and friends pay tribute to their national hero. here's abc news reporter byron pits. >> this represents the rainbow of this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the fnb stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lie in state in the legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood near the cape. those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. this 85-year-old is his closest friend and lawyer remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital these last months. he said, george, make sure you take the jacket with you, don't leave it behind. for a man who was critical, to be concerned about my jacket says something about this man. in the last
now stories we're watching this hour on "happening now." the president and mrs. obama on their wear to south africa to attend the memorial service for nelson mandela. they will be joined by three american presidents and first ladies and 100 heads of state a big story for us. >>> a new mexico state police officer that shot at a minivan full of children in october, plans to appeal his firing claiming wrongful termination. the video shows the officer shooting at minivan as it drives away. there is more to that story. >>> the shipwrecked costa concordia when the captain left his ship, he is on trial for manslaughter abandoning the ship and causing the 2012 shipwreck because of sailing too close to the island. jon: north korean leader kim jong-un sending a tough message that no one is beyond reach in his regime even his family. he ousted his uncle at a leadership role after the uncle was arrested at a party sunday. this is far from kim jong-un's first purge. jonathan hunt is live with more. jonathan? >> reporter: very interesting, jon. this is a clear sign that kim jong-un, the leader of
the obamas aboard air force one to make the trip to south africa for mandela's services. former president bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. and
of nelson mandela. 91 world leaders including four american presidents attending tomorrow's memorial service. president obama and the first lady are flying there today, joined on air force one by president george w. bush. abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran, from pretoria. good morning, terry. >> reporter: this is a huge week for this country and people around the world. south africa is saying a long and beautifully affectionate farewell to the man that just about everybody here calls tata, father. candles and flowers at nelson mandela's house. a people's spontaneous tribute. at the south african parliament, in cape town, a special session begins this morning to honor mandela. at the fnb stadium where mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup, 91 world leaders are expected to join 90,000 ordinary south africans in a massive and historic memorial tomorrow. ♪ over the weekend, churches filled with songs and prayer in memory and gratitude for mandela's life. ♪ nelson mandela nelson mandela ♪ >> reporter: but to grasp the true measure of what he means to sout
. president obama will travel there for a memorial on tuesday along with president bush and clinton. mandela will be buried next sunday. he died thursday at the age of 95. >>> an iranian tv is reporting inspectors are getting a look inside one of the plants for the first time. anna? ♪ ♪ >>> well, score one for christmas. a new jersey mayor fighting the pc police renaming his town tree a christmas tree. for several years it's been called a holiday tree, and now the mayor is saying, enough is enough. the people across the nation are really rallying behind him. david fried, the mayor of robinsville township, new jersey, is here. >> good morning, thank you for having me. >> thanks for being here. you've been mayor for eight years, a small town of 17,000 people. you had a menorah celebration and christmas tree lighting. what happened in 2007. >> we started calling it a holiday tree. this year they wanted to make it a tree lighting. >> they even dropped the holiday. >> they were going to drop the holiday. i said, enough is enough. we have a menorah lighting. it's not a candle lab bra. we can h
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